See it slant – opportunities for possibility

Have you ever noticed that the most interesting portraits are those at a slight angle?

Face on, we only see the imperfections and lack the depth of perspective.

Look in the mirror and see…

Yet it is challenging for us to see ourselves in any other way than straight on.

‘Tell it Slant’, the beautiful poem from Emily Dickinson, lodged an idea yesterday. What if we could see it slant? What would that mean?

This way of seeing could open up opportunities for possibility that we would be unable to perceive otherwise.

And this reminded me of a quote from the poet and activist Parker Palmer:

“The human soul doesn’t want to be advised or fixed or saved. It simply wants to be witnessed.”

How can we look at our own souls and those of others in this way?

Well, I don’t think we can do it on our own…

Because alone, we can only see face-on. And it’s not a pretty sight.

Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿

This week

Continuing to rekindle hope…

A few good words

Thank you for the kind expressions of compassion for our losing Millie, our matriarch alpaca. I thought you might enjoy Steve’s memories of her on this week’s Alpaca Tribe podcast: It’s always hard when you lose an old friend.

Go gently 🌿